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  • Sharon 26 May 2014 10:12pm () in What happens to student learning if their device dies during the year?

    Thanks for the reply. I agree that using the Cloud is a good way to avoid disaster (I have had my fair share of hard disk crashes!) I taught my son to use Google drive for all his work and I believe the school encourages it as well so from a work point of view we were covered.

  • Sharon 20 May 2014 8:22pm () in What happens to student learning if their device dies during the year?

    I have my parent hat on here as I have just been through this (although with a happy ending*). My son's netbook broke and he has spent the last 2 weeks minus his device. It made me realise just how much he relies on it now for his work and also made me wonder what would happen if it permanantly died. So I thought I would ask what schools who have implemented BYOD do when (for whatever reason) a student loses access to their device during the year. It is a big enough ask for most families to buy one device for their child (and more than one if you have multiple children). Do schools insist that parents buy another one? Are alternatives offered? How is the child's learning managed?

    *Just as an aside for anyone not aware of the Consumer Guarantees Act, it pays to know the rights you have under this legislation. My son's netbook was out of warrantee BUT the fault was with the device (the hinge snapped) and not caused by a drop/water damage/rough handling etc so it was repaired for no charge. I was sure to mention the CGA when we brought it in and there was absolutely no argument from the retailer.

  • Sharon 18 May 2014 1:08pm () in App Sharing

    Kia ora koutou. My first post here so I hope I am in the right place.

    I tried out Adobe Voice (https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/adobe-voice-show-your-story/id852555131?mt=8) the other day. It is a free app that helps you make little videos with voice overs. All the design work is done (you can't change fonts and transitions- these are controlled by the theme you choose). Just choose an image or two and record your narration for each slide. You can use images from your ipad or get them from the internet via a built in Creative Commons search. The app automatically adds credits for photos and icons used on the final slide of your video which is a nice touch. You can change the background music and there are a number of different soundtracks available in the app that you can use without worrying about copyright. What I liked about it was the ability to focus on content, rather than fretting over fonts and colours.

    On the down side, at the moment the only way to share your videos is via the Adobe cloud (although you can play them back using the app on your device). Also its image search feature accesses the internet and may bring up inappropriate images. It is ipad (2 and above) only. I am hoping that Adobe will add features like wider sharing options as Voice makes creating a "professional" looking video incredibly simple.